October saw a final trip to Washington DC – and meetings in London – in the concluding days of Michael’s 12-month assignment with the Executive Leadership Team as Interim Vice-President (Membership, Marketing & Communications) for CASE. This was an intense assignment that saw Michael create a new Division and lead a 35-strong global staff team, develop a new membership vision and strategy, and oversee a range of reputation and engagement campaigns, events, products, and services for CASE’s network of c.100,000 advancement professionals working at over 3,100 education institutions across the globe. The baton has been handed to Jane Chafer, Executive Director of the University of Exeter, who becomes the new VP from 14th of November.

Elsewhere in October, we were delighted to sponsor the Independent Higher Education Annual Awards and to speak on the importance of Civic Engagement at its annual conference in London, work with the Research Communications team at the University of Southampton, and to kick-off a divisional structures benchmarking project with Brunel University London. We also secured more new business projects with Robert Gordon University, and with University of Salford (in partnership with Cairney & Company), and Swansea University (in partnership with Communications Management).

No rest for the wicked…